Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 28th June
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Education in Britain: how did it come to be like this? by Professor Ken Jones

education in BritainDiscussing the new edition of his book Education in Britain: 1944 to the Present, Ken Jones reflects on the history of education over the last seventy years – a history that is shaped by political programmes and systems of regulation, but also by the ambitions and inventiveness of those who have worked and studied in schools and universities.

He weighs up the achievements and the costs of educational reform, and asks whether the rich history of educational practice still provides resources to think about alternatives in the present day.

ken-jones120x142Ken Jones is Senior Policy Officer at the National Union of Teachers, working on curriculum and assessment. He is also Emeritus Professor of Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a visiting professor at Nottingham. He has written about the teaching of English, and the politics of education in Britain and in other countries of Western Europe.  The second edition of his book, Education in Britain, was published earlier this year.

This event is free and refreshments will be available from 16:30

To register your attendance, please go the Eventbrite registration or reserve your place by emailing

Venue: Room A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Thursday, 30th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cities in the North - Book Launch

Cities of the North is the latest book from Jones the Planner (Adrian Jones and Chris Cities of the NorthMatthews) based on the Jones the Planner blog. The book is illustrated in colour throughout by Chris the Photographer while Adrian the Writer provides the text. Open to all.

Admission for this event is Free and refreshments will be available.

Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 7th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Liz Lochhead - Poetry Reading
Marking her retirement as Makar (Scotland’s Poet Laureate),

Liz Lochhead makes a welcome return to Nottingham. She will be reading poems written during her five year spell as Makar, and earlier, unpublished material. Her poems encompass a life enriched with people, places and relationships, which she describes with humour and empathy, remembered with joy and poignancy.

“An inspired presence in British poetry – funny, feisty, female, full of feeling” Carol Ann Duffy
A Five Leaves Bread and Roses event in association with English, Culture and Media, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Tickets: £7.00 (£5 concessions) from Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH, 0115 8373097
Venue: Room LT5, Newton Building, Nottingham
Monday, 11th July
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ethnic Homelands: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Please join the Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice and the Centre for Research in Race and Rights for a panel discussion on ethnic homelands in contemporary and historical perspective.

As regions and territories connected with distinct ethnic, cultural and national groups, homelands engender a sense of place and belonging as well as claims to specific histories, memories and traditions. Drawing on expertise in history, politics, global studies, and social and cultural theory, our panellists will examine the development of homelands in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Israel-Palestine and Egypt. How have patterns of settler colonialism, conquest and nationalism shaped the emergence of these homelands? And how have these homelands and the deep affiliations they produce become tied to histories of resistance and conflict and to demands for freedom, justice and equality in our contemporary world?

Our speakers:

Professor John R. Chávez (William P. Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas): “Mexicans: Aliens or Natives in the U.S. Southwest?”

Professor Chávez has used theories of colonialism and postnationalism to understand the formation of homelands and ethnic identities in the North Atlantic, particularly in relation to Mexicans in the United States. He is the author of The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest (1984), which earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands in the North Atlantic World, 1400-2000 (2009), winner of the World History Association Bentley Book Prize.


Dr. Teo Todorova (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham): “Discourses of Bi-Nationalism in Critical Israeli Activist Thought”

Dr. Todorova researches ethico-political responsibility and grassroots activism in the context of ethno-nationalist conflict. She has worked on violence and reconciliation in Bosnia Herzegovina as well as solidarity activism in Israel-Palestine. She has published numerous articles in Ceasefire Magazine, New Left Project, Antipode and  Journal of International Women’s Studies.


Dr. Amal Treacher Kabesh (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham): “Egypt: The Power of Enduring Nationalism”

Dr. Treacher Kabesh researches identity formation in relation to gender and ethnicity. Currently working on the inter-relationship between Egypt and the UK, she is the author of Postcolonial Masculinities: Emotions, Histories and Ethics (2013) and numerous articles in Borderlands, Ethnic and Racial and Studies and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She has long served on the editorial boards of Feminist Review and Free Associations.

Please book in advance using this link or go to

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 14th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Very Capitalist Condition: a history and politics of disability, with Roddy Slorach (Please note changed venue)
A Very Capitalist ConditionWhat does “disability” mean today? For many it is a negative term that they do not accept, associated with unemployment and dependence. But how were people we now call disabled treated in earlier societies? And how can people with disabilities help make a better world for all?


“Whether you are new to the issues or have been around disability politics for a while, this book is essential reading… It offers knowledge, hope, and a solid foundation for generations of disability activists and writers to come.” Debbie Jolly, co-founder of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts)


Admission: £3.00. Refreshments available.
Booking is recommended via
The new venue is accessible by wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
A BSL interpreter will also be present on the night.
Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham
Friday, 15th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Biology of Desire: why addiction is not a disease, with Marc Lewis
bio of desireDr Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology. He speaks and blogs on topics in addiction science, and his earlier book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: a neuroscientist examines his former life on drugs was the first to blend memoir and science in addiction studies.
Through the vivid, true stories of five addicts he explains how addiction happens in the brain, and what we can do to overcome it.
Lewis shows why treatment based on the ‘disease model’ often fails, and how addicts can achieve lasting recovery using. His views on addiction are enlightening and optimistic.


Admission: £3.00. Refreshments available.
Booking is recommended via
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 20th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cuban and Latin American Poetry with Smokestack books

Five Leaves bookshop in association with Smokestack books are hosting an evening of Latin American and Cuban poetry, in celebration of the publication of two new anthologies.

Smokestack_Books_-_Looking_for_TroubleLooking for Trouble’ by Roque Dalton

Roque Dalton (1935–1975) is one of the best-known and best-loved poets of twentieth-century Latin America. An extraordinary poet of rebellion and humour, fierce militancy and painful tenderness, his work is still read alongside other guerrilla poets like Otto René Castillo, Javier Heraud, Ernesto Cardenal and Daisy Zamora.

Although his poetry has been widely published in Cuba, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia and the US.

Translated by John Green, ‘Looking for Trouble’ is the first time his work has been published in the UK.

Smokestack_Books_-_Nothing_Out_of_this_WorldNothing Out of This World: Cuban Poetry, 1952–2000

‘Nothing Out of This World’ is an introduction in Spanish and English to the work of thirty-six poets from Cuba writing in the second half of the twentieth-century, including Heberto Padilla, Nancy Morejón, and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez. The oldest poet here, Fina García-Marruz, was born in 1923; the youngest, Damaris Calderón, in 1967. It’s an extraordinary and heady mix, combining African and Spanish influences, realism and surrealism, colloquialism and baroque, experiment and commitment, a lucid and moving introduction to a collective poetic subject that defies all kinds of social oppression.

Admission for this event is £3 and refreshments will be available.

Booking is recommended. To attend this event, please RSVP to

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 8th September
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sci-Fi, Fantasy and New Weird Short Story Course

AndyHDescription: Six month SF Short Story Course @ Five Leaves - Hosted by Comma Press and Andrew Hedgecock

Times: 7-9pm

Price: £180 for the full course (attendees must pay for full course – individual course units not available separately).

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period to enable you to complete writing assignments. They are on the 2nd Thursday of each month:

8th September 2016
13th October 2016
10th November 2016
8th December 2016
12th January 2017
9th February 2017

This course is about the short story in sf and fantasy. There will be an emphasis on ‘New Weird’ (also known as ‘sf Strange’) the place where sf collides with other forms of writing.

Over the course of six workshops, you’ll get a handle on some of the narrative structures used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop three short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, and how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and indeed science fiction; stories produced on this course may be considered for future anthologies.

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form and a taste for strange or speculative tales.

To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work.

The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres.

This course will be taught by Andy Hedgecock, who has worked for many years as an editor fantastic tales and is an established writer with an impressive list of published work (see brief bio below).

What we won’t cover …

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group.

If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense.

About the Tutor

Andy Hedgecock is a Nottinghamshire-based editor, writer, researcher and trainer. He had been selling articles and reviews for over 30 years when Comma Press challenged him to turn his hand to fiction. Andy has written for Time Out, Penguin City Guides, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Third Alternative, The Breaking Windows Anthology, The Morning Star, The SpectatorShort Fiction in Theory and Practice and the academic SF Review Foundation. From 2006-2016 he was co-editor (fiction) of Interzone, Britain’s longest-running British sf magazine and 2013 winner of the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Magazine / Periodical.  He also worked with the writers Claire Massey and Carys Bray to set up and edit Paraxis, an online publication the prolific and respect sf&f author Michael Moorcock described as an endeavour to “return the human imagination to the apex of the arts”.

Payment can be made by PayPal (to by card over the phone (0115 8373097) or in the shop.

For details of the Reading list, please e-mail with ‘Short Story Course’ in the Title

For any other info feel free to ask at the above e-mail or alternatively e-mail

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham